Strong Sherry rises immediately. Pleasantly sweet, so that the saliva production is stimulated immediately. From time to time, a sour red wine sparkles through. I smell caramel and raisin, molasses. Something I have there, I suspect that it is a cask note. Somewhat moldy wood, but only very subliminal. Exhale more than inhale. Could also go towards tobacco. Will after the first sip probably clearer, in which direction it is. After the first sip it is rather sulfur for me. Interesting, sometimes I smell only the sweet flavors, the other time only the sour wine notes. Changes constantly.
Sherry; immediately switches from sour wine to sweetness; spicy oak; Nut; Behind it comes the leather note (Wow, I love the leather touch in the whisky); tender bitter, a touch of good espresso (with a nice dark chocolate note) again clearly nut; totally mild in the mouth; the mouth is completely covered with aromas.
Delicately bitter; Cinnamon; great oak note, sherry and chocolate; nut again; it lasts a long time. Now it is getting bitter in the mouth (like a bitter nut) but is gone again. Now full board dried fruits; again some cinnamon; Here it changes constantly, which I like very much. You can not catch everything, so the flavors are smashed around your ears At the end, only sulfur gets stuck. After the third sip, the note covers all tastes (as if it has built up and is now totally dominant)
Nose raisins, caramel, ripe fruit, tutti frutti, apple, creamy, vanilla, something spicy that I can not quite place. Body is medium thick. Sweetish, caramel, some wood. Finish is more wood, spicy, medium dry. Developed nicely to a slight bitterness.
I had another sample of a 1988 vW during a blind tasting session, which was remarkably less sherry cask influenced. I scored that one remarkably lower, perhaps because i could not easily identify what i was tasting.
Nice old sherry bomb-like with a twist. So there are the plums, and mocca, and chocolate, and caramel, some furniture polish and some nuts. But this together with a nice pinch of sulphur, and some anise, fennel and even some maggi
In the mouth it is somewhat more spicy, and more oak present. Also new is some leather and tobacco. Still a nice old layered body of sherry casks, and still this fennel present...
Bit dry and bitter, with quite some dark chocolate, The sulfur is starting to become a bit annoying now, luckily there is much more in the finish so it doesn't overwhelm.